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Féile Peil na nÓg

Féile Peil na nÓg is a national festival of Gaelic football for boys and girls under 14 years of age.   It was first held in County Cavan, Ireland in 1982, the brainchild of Fintan Tierney of Butlersbridge.  The 1982 Féile saw a total of 40 teams participate, 20 of whom were from other counties.  It consisted of two boys divisions.  Girls began to participate in 1994.

Féile Peil na nÓg was sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland from 1993 to 2010.  Coca-Cola also sponsor Féile na nGael (the national festival of Hurling & Camogie) and have done so since 1971.  This is the longest running sponsorship in the GAA or in any other sporting event in Ireland or even in Europe.  In 2011, Bus Éireann became the new main sponsor of Féile Péile na nÓg.

Each year approximately 30,000 boys and girls from each of the 32 counties in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA, participate in the Féile.  A preliminary competition is held in each county for the right to represent the county at the Féile finals.  The winning club then travels to the host county, where they are hosted by one of the clubs in that county.

Féile Peil na nÓg places great emphasis and importance on proper participation, presentation, punctuality and sportsmanship.  The Féile involves the whole community, clubs, schools, social and cultural groups, families, civic and religious authorities.  It is recognized by the GAA as a major festival of great importance for the promotion of football among the youth. Féile Peil na nÓg helps to bond communities, forge friendships, provide educational opportunities and unearth new leaders.

The Delco Gaels have been participating in the Feile since 2007.